Ferric Carboxymaltose

Description

Ferric Carboxymaltose is used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in adults who cannot tolerate or who are not adequately responded with oral iron supplements. It is also be used to treat iron deficiency anemia associated with chronic kidney disease in patients who are not on dialysis.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ferric Carboxymaltose

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Fast or slow heartbeat
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Redness of face, neck, arms and chest
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching
  • Change in taste

Uses of Ferric Carboxymaltose

What is it prescribed for?

  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia Associated with Chronic Renal Failure
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to ferric carboxymaltose, other iron supplements or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Iron overload

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with iron overload conditions such as hemochromatosis (a condition of excess iron in the body) due to the risk of adverse effects.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. However, your doctor may prescribe this medicine if the benefits significantly outweigh the risks. In such a case, the patient should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects.

Hypertension

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with hypertension (high blood pressure) because it may increase the risk of high blood pressure levels. Close monitoring of blood pressure levels is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Liver Impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Severe asthma

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from severe asthma due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (a joint disorder) due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Hypersensitivity reactions

This medicine may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylactic reactions, shock, loss of consciousness, collapse, low blood pressure, etc. The patient should be monitored for signs and symptoms of allergic reactions during and after therapy with this medicine for about 30 minutes. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Since this medicine is usually administered by a qualified healthcare professional in the clinical/hospital setting, the likelihood of a missed dose is very low. However, it is advised to contact the doctor immediately if you miss a scheduled dose of this medicine.

Overdose

Since this medicine is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Captopril

Benazepril

Lisinopril

Chloramphenicol

Ferrous Gluconate

Dimercaprol

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Inform the doctor if you have a known history of allergy to this medicine. Report to the doctor all your current medicines as well as your medical conditions before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine helps the body to make more red blood cells.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Iron products

Schedule

Schedule H

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Ferric carboxymaltose [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 28 September 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/86278165#section=Synonyms

Ferric Carboxymaltose - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 28 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB08917

Ferric Carboxymaltose Injection: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 28 September 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a614037.html

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https://injectafer.com/prescribing-information-portlet/getDocument?product=IF&inline=true

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 May 2019

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